26 Oct 1962
Fifty years ago, I was stationed on the USS Sierra (AD-18) in Norfolk, VA. Before that day ended, I was headed to an advanced electronic theory school on Treasure Island located in San Francisco Bay.
The significance is two-fold. On Saturday, 27 Oct 62, the Cuban Missile Crisis topped the headlines and a lot of U.S. Navy ships were headed towards Cuba.
Second, 26 October 62 was the last day that I served on a Navy ship. The remainder of the last 17 years in the Navy was on shore stations, albeit, some overseas. “Haze grey and underway” was part of my past.
I was never to hear on the 1MC, “Now set the special sea and anchor detail” or “Single up all lines.”
26 Oct is always a special day to me. 26 Oct fell on a Friday in 1962 as it does this year.